organic emptycentury


Artist: Organic
Title: Empty Century
Genre: Post-punk
Release Date: 15th May 2015
Labels: Swiss Dark Nights / Manic Depression Records

REFLECTION OF DARKNESS / 

Album Review

Organic is a Belgian band created in 2011 by Raphaël Haubourdin (vocals, keyboards and programming, also in Kinex Kinex) and Joris Oster (bass, programming and production, also in Silver Riot). The drummer Olivier Justin is now part of the band. Their first album, ‘Under A Carbon Constellation’, had caused quite a stir in 2012 with its innovative music, combining post-rock, electro, progressive, psyche, stoner, new wave and post-punk: no less! Today, they offer us a sophomore album, ‘Empty Century’, which is simpler, more direct. In an interview, Haubourdin said that the primary purpose of the album is "to make people dance at our concerts." "This is a choice of production: we opted to build tracks so that people can tap their feet. So from the start, we chose lively rhythms, and a more direct approach."

The result is impressive. The majority of the tracks are real bombs. Of course, we still have the fundamentals of Organic: a staccato bass (Peter Hook is not far), powerful drums, bouncy vintage synths and the typical baritone voice of Haubourdin. But the difference here lies in the structures of the compositions, which are more “classic”, with intro, verse, bridge and chorus. The musical style is a sort of power electro-rock with post-punk and stoner tinges, to be classified between Joy Division, New Order, Editors, Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age. The first promo-single, ‘Alyss’, evokes the legendary group The Chameleons and displays a more assertive post-punk side. ‘Hyperbola’ hints more at Interpol. With its riffs and its "oh oh", it is also a potential radio hit. I particularly like the second verse: it offers a very “dream-wave”, psychedelic atmosphere. I wish they would build a complete composition on the basis of this sublime passage.

After ‘Position’, a very Reznor-esque explosive track, you get ‘Moneytron’, which fascinates with its robotic rhythm, its Mellotron layers and its epic chorus. ‘Rip Me’ is a “rework” of a song from Agent Side Grinder, the Swedish group well known in the dark post-punk / wave circles. From the original track, they only kept Kristoffer Grip's voice and around it, our friends built arrangements that are 100% Organic. That's why it's not a remix, but a “rework”, a bit like what Trentemøller usually does. Finally, the last title somehow revives the post-rock / prog style of their first album. It is a long twelve minutes track divided into three parts: a fairly classic song, a post-metal bass solo interlude and a psychedelic and even tribal final, crossed by a hypnotic incantation. As if the group allowed us to glimpse into an ideal world, illuminated by light.

In a nutshell, Organic confirms its enormous potential here and I wouldn't be surprised if this album achieved international success. Two labels will publish ‘Empty Century’: Manic Depression Records, a French label, will release the album on vinyl and SwissDarkNights will take care of the CD and of the Bandcamp digital version. Note also the beautiful cover, perfectly in line with the "organic" and "oceanic" themes of the first LP. After the yeti crab, that graced the cover of "Under A Carbon Constellation", here's a superb photographic composition of a man holding a jellyfish as a kite, a very “Floydian” image from Gurbir Grewal.

Tracklist

01. Police Station
02. My Own Grey
03. Let's Carry On
04. Alyss
05. Hyperbola
06. Position
07. Moneytron
08. Rip Me
09. Mystical Color 

Reviewed by Phil Blackmarquis


From idieyoudie.com (april 2015)

Organic, “Alyss”


Been a while since we heard from Belgian post-punks Organic, and hey, what a fun track to come back with, sounding a bit gothier than before even. Nice use of synths for flourishes and atmosphere and a good old-fashioned galloping bassline of the kind we’re always down for, this is a pleasant reminder of their 2012 album Under Your Carbon Constellationwhich we liked quite well when it was released.




 

CONCERT REVIEW

WELCOME TO THE EIGHTIES!

Organic (BEL), 6 januari

 

Zondagavond stond het duo Joris Oster and Raphaël Haubourdin ofwel ‘Organic’ op de planken in Muziekcentrum Kinky Star. Een regelrechte voltreffer. Wie er niet bij was had naar fijne gewoonte hopeloos ongelijk.

Gestart in 2011, debuteerde de Brusselse band vorig jaar met de full cd ‘Under Your Carbon Constellation’. Uitgegeven door het Zweedse underground label ‘Complete Control Productions’ (CCP). Een even stijlvolle als gitzwarte schijf die de luisteraar twaalf keer onderdompelt in een jaren ’80 - klankbad. Bij beluistering van de CD maakte vooral de single ‘Katharina Distortion’ danig veel indruk dat we dit optreden om de dooie dood niet wilden missen. En aldus geschiedde. 

Het concert in een goed volgelopen Kinky Star nam een valse start doordat de keys ineens halsstarrig dienst weigerden. Daar sta je dan. Het bleek - gelukkig maar - de enige valse noot van de avond. De heren van Organic hadden de zaak verder goed onder controle en speelden een hechte set met nauwelijks zwakke momenten. Live laat het duo Oster - Habourdin zich bijstaan door een drummer (Olivier Justin) en een videojockey. Een prima keuze want de performance won zo aan kracht.


Opener van dienst zondag was de instrumental ‘Seeds’, ook de eerste track op de CD. De klankkleur, zowel live als op cd, is onmiskenbaar eighties. De stevige post rock accenten en behoorlijk wat elektro doen het geheel eigentijds inkleuren. Een interessante formule die live alvast stevig overeind blijft staan. ‘Early New Order meets Mogwai meets Editors’ zo bedacht uw man ter plaatse. Geen plaats echter voor blind epigonisme; Organic doet veel meer dan het vlekkeloos naspelen van de post punk helden van 3 decennia geleden.


Toen de band na een klein uur door alle beschikbaar materiaal heen zat, werd bij wijze van bis het bezwerende ‘Katharina Distortion’ hernomen. Een goede keuze want het is een onweerstaanbaar nummer dat zich keihard tussen je oren nestelt na enkele beluisteringen. Waarom ook voor gemakkelijkheidsoplossingen kiezen (covers) als het eigen materiaal sterk genoeg is?


Conclusie; een uitstekend concert van een boeiende nieuwe band met guts. Zelden maakten neofieten zoveel indruk op het Kinky Star podium. Streetwise bleek deze positieve indruk alvast gedeeld te worden. Niets dan goedkeurend gebrom onder de concertgangers die net na de show de buitenlucht opzochten. Dit houden we graag van nabij in de gaten. 

Beluister het debuut van Organic via Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/#organic-music-1/sets/cd-review-under-your-carbon


Sobre et foutrement accrocheur

Malgré le risque de se retrouver trop vite catalogué new wave/cold wave et consorts dans un pays, la Belgique, où il n'y a même pas lieu de parler de revival tant les grands acteurs des débuts du genre n'en finissent plus d'assurer leurs "grands" retours, Organic débarque un peu à l'improviste avec un Under Your Carbon Constellation sobre et foutrement accrocheur qui aura vite fait de les débarasser d'une quelconque étiquette.

Couverture mystérieuse (faites vos recherches sur le crabe yéti pour plus d'informations su la vie abyssale) et titre onirique,  ce premier album du groupe est confié aux bons soins d'un label suédois, Complete Control Productions, sur lequel, registre electro lisé de rigueur, on ne les aurait pas forcément attendus.

Si Organic n'a été fondé qu'en 2011, ses deux membres, Joris Oster et Raphaël Haubourdin, sont loin d'être des bleus et comptent un bon paquet d'années d'expérience(s) musicale(s) au compteur, au sein de formations par trop confidentielles, en l'occurence Yel et Silver Riot pour l'un, Graceland pour l'autre. Un solide background qui fait plus que tenir la route et qui en impose assez rapidement. Loin de simplement recycler new wave, EBM, post-punk ou coldwave - soit autant d'influences 80s et à fortiori datées, n'en déplaise à certains puristes - pour mieux les remettre au goût du jour, les deux Bruxellois imposent instinctivement leur griffe, quelque part entre approche éthérée, nappes atmosphériques, rythmiques martiales et chant obsédant. Leurs influences, même si elles restent perceptibles sur certains morceaux, sont complétées de manière originale par des effluves de noise et un certain parfum post-rock du meilleur escient.

Basée sur une formule relativement simple et flexible combinant basse omniprésente et claviers inventifs, désormais agrémentés en concert de la présence d'un batteur, la musique d'Organic multiplie les changements de rythme et ose bon nombre d'expérimentations du meilleur acabit. La signature sonore du groupe n'en est pas pour autant facilement accessible, et le résultat sur album ne peut se contempler que dans son ensemble. Point d'easy listening ou de pseudo-hit livré clef sur porte, c'est bel et bien sur la longueur et sur douze titres (voire seize sur la version vinyle de Under Your Carbon Constellation) qu'Organic se dévoile et démontre sa maestria naissante.

Douze titres qui balladent sans cesse l'auditeur, mêlant allègrement des sons typiquement 80s, new wave, cold wave (le premier single "Waves Are Running"), electro ("Disturbing Street")  à des sonorités un  peu plus contemporaines comme le post-punk ("The Meat We Kill"), la noise voire le stoner, come sur l'intro instrumentale "Seeds". Instrumentaux, chant en français ("Johnny Craque" entre autres) ou en anglais, maîtrise technique visible, les loops s'entremêlent pour mieux démontrer l'étendue de l'univers des deux Belges, encore parfaitement illustrée sur le sombre mais dansant "Waiting" ou sur le très hostile "UFO".

Dans l'ensemble, rares sont les groupes à clavier capables de reproduire sur disque la rage et l'énergie qu'ils sont (parfois) à même de développer sur scène. A l'inverse, et la basse vrombissante du combo n'y est certainement pas pour rien, Organic déballe tout au long de ce Under Your Carbon Constellationune ardeur pulsante et une spontanéité à fleur de peau.

Tel ces fichues boîtes de bonbons Quality Street, cadeau très hype des grands-mères de la fin de siècle dernier, que l'on voyait comme un cadeau douteux mais que l'on finissait par vider avec plaisir en un temps record, ce digipack douze titres à l'allure anodine se laisse ré-écouter sans fin et ne dévoile tous ses atours qu'à l'auditeur attentif. Il pourrait même très rapidement devenir votre guilty pleasure de l'année 2012.


 

Un esprit NOISE

 



It drags you down - Reflection of Darkness

Album Review

Written by Peer Lebrecht 

Although ORGANIC is a relatively new (formed in 2011) and rather unknown project up to now, its protagonists are anything but dark horses. The two-man band consists of Joris Oster, bass player of YEL and the Belgian electro-rock formation SILVER RIOT, and Raphaël Haubourdin, head of the Darkwave outfit GRACELAND. By creating ORGANIC, both wanted to play out their passion for dark electronic sounds combined with a breathing bass guitar, the sterile structure of machines layered with the amorphous directness of the organic “to upgrade your brain to god”. And the same way this sounds like a drug inspired or alchemical cipher the whole album sounds like a weird trip, a coded biochemical process (discreetly underpinned from the album’s brilliant title).


Beginning with the instrumental ‘Seeds’, which seems to stimulate the acoustic nucleus with dirty and clumsy drums whipping a spinning and rusty bass line across a brittle soundscape of noises and electronic fallout. It feels like a battue through fire and ashes, like reaching the point when the first cell is parting for breaking through the protecting cocoon. It’s hard to determine whether the sound is alive or driven by artificial energy, whether it’s a roaring guitar or just a rigged frequency, an uncertainty, that stays close to you through the bunch of songs. ‘Johnny Craque’ is shaped by gloomy electronic layers and a straight, monotone rhythm, that’s carrying Haubourdin’s vocals like in a static funeral procession, emotionless but maintaining discipline. Again it’s the bass, whose fuzzy edges unwind the structure, like a degenerated life form, torpedoing the cell walls with synthetic sparks and impatient cymbal attacks.

‘Waves are Running’, the albums first single, is a groovy ear catcher with a strange kind of a serenity, that fails only for the moments of the chorus, when drums and vocals join to become a danceable animating outbreak. It’s the beauty of the melody in contrast to the soundtrack of an laboratory, with its hissing and smoking, it’s boiling and vaporizing, that makes the track so fascinating and catchy, like a fragile entity, enchanting and corrosive. I think the album’s greatest feature is its volatility, its changing of phases of matter. It’s impossible to localize a concrete condition. Is it Punk, corroding in an electronic solution, so like ‘Disturbing Street’? Is it New Wave, laying claim to the whole spectre of the stylistic periodic system like ‘Ordinary World’? Synthetic Post-Punk like ‘The day of the locust’? Faked Electronic Body Music like ‘Katharina Distortion’?

It feels like all at the same time and nothing entirely. Like a permanent metamorphosis, blurring chrysalis and imago. You don’t know what you have and you’re groping in the dark referring to what you get. But you’re taking in watching it move and grow, feeling it changing shape and colours. Like a drunkenness, making your senses oscillate between something like synthesized guitars and natural syntheses, between chemical actions and biological reactions. And it drags you down, layer by layer, passing boiling point and freezing mark until you become witness of the karyolysis - unveiling the purest gold or the blackest carbon, a result you can’t cry...

Haunting synths, killer guitars and compelling lyrics. Peek A Boo Magazine.

25/11/2012, Chris KONINGS

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I first heard about this band -hailing from Brussels- through my colleague Jeremy, who went to see these guys play in support of Graham Coxon of britpop legend Blur. According to Jeremy, Coxon was shite! But Organic blew his socks of... Strangely enough this debut album is on a Swedish label but at least they found a label who believe in them.

And rightly so, this stuff is great! Singer Raphaël Haubourdin drags you inside the music with his powerful and expressive voice. He switches between french and english and really does have something to say! Sometimes he reminds me of Ian Curtis, or even the gnarls of Iggy or TC Matic's Arno (Katharina Distortion), but in the end he just has a very good and unique voice, excellent! Then there's also a great bass player, good hacking drums and they also added some electronics that never get the upper hand. A very well balanced whole.

I love the amount of variety in the album, they made a synthesis of the whole postpunk and new wave era. If you know they only exist from 2011 it's amazing to hear they already have their own sound. Opening song "Seeds" is instrumental with stoner rock influences. Sometimes they sound very raw and edgy (The Meat We Kill, UFO) or even a bit martial (Johnny Craque, Sequence Of My Projector). On "The Day Of The Locust " they explore a bit of gothic rock. The single "Waves Are Running" is a wonderful ode to coldwave, with haunting synths, killer guitars and compelling lyrics, this should be on radio!

If you want the vinyl version, make it snappy because there are only 300 copies! And then you get four unreleased songs! Another good one by CCP!

Side-Line Music Magazine

"Organic for sure is one big surprise"

This is a Belgian band set up in 2011 by Joris Oster (Silver Riot) and Raphaël Haubourdin (Graceland). Both musicians and their bands were totally unknown to me, but the biggest surprise for sure is how this duo got signed to a Swedish label. And CC Productions also surprised for having signed this rather atypical band. 

The sound of Organic is not the most accessible one! I noticed a very strong new-wave element, but still post-punk and punk-rock influences. Electronics and bass guitar have been mixed together to obtain a rather unusual elixir. Several tracks revealing an experimental touch. I sometimes get the impression to hear an adapted-electro form of The Birthday Party meeting Big Black. It's not all that violent and furious sounding, but there's a quite original way of transposing 801s influences into something new. A few songs were sung in French, but the majority of the songs are English. 

The debut songs "Seeds" and "Johny Craque" both are noticeable pieces and an excellent way to start. Other cuts like "Disturbing Street" and "The Meat WE Kill" have this particular electro punk-rock touch. The best is yet to come with the final song "Waiting". This song is quite different and slowly grows until an amazing climax of cyber-rock-trance music. Organic is quite complex to understand and the song "UFO" probably is a very good title to describe the particularity of their music. 

"Under Your Carbon Constellation" is not the most accessible release although this band will find their audience in the 80s fans corner

(ED:6/7)ED.


I Die - You Die CD Review : ORGANIC, “UNDER YOUR CARBON CONSTELLATION”

New review by the online 

http://www.idieyoudie.com/2012/10/organic-under-your-carbon-constellation/



Peek A Boo - Organic Live Act

http://www.peek-a-boo-magazine.be

The first band on the program, Organic (Belgium), is the brand new project of Joris Oster, bassist in Yel and in Silver Riot, and Raphaël Haubourdin, composer and singer of Graceland, a one-man electronic band. As they say, they "create tracks to upgrade your brain to God, using bass guitar and machines. Things between stoner and new wave."

During the concert, Organic presented an extremely wide range of musical mastery, with coldwave, noise, stoner, vintage electronic loops and Raphaël's deep and expressive voice. Some songs are even progressive, as the band also cites Yes as a major influence. On stage, Joris, the bassist, is very spectacular with thousands of different sounds and a true virtuosity. The major highlight in the concert was the track "Waves Are Running", a postpunk jewel that reminds us of The Sound, Cabaret Voltaire and Interpol. A great show to start with! We are definitely looking forward to Organic's forthcoming album, that will be released in June 2012 at the latest. Raphaël also told Peek-A-Boo that Gaston Hollands (Texas Trauma, Modern Cubism) will be joining the group as drummer!

Setlist: 1) Seeds 2) Johnny Craque 3) Waves are running 4) Disturbing Street 5) Colossal Baroque 6) The Meat we Kill 7) UFO.

LeFantastique.Night was created in 2002 by the Anthêsis association. Its main objective is to organise concerts and parties in Brussels following a truly alternative approach. In 10 years of existence, a very wide spectrum of musical genres have been successfully covered, including postpunk, cabaret, medieval and darkwave bands from Belgium, France, Germany or Italy. The first events were organised in the legendary Magasin 4 and later in The Athanor studio and the Botanique. Recently, LeFantastique.Night moved to a new venue, T.A.G., situated near the North train station.


On the program of this 33rd edition, Charles de Goal (f - post-punk), Crimson Muddle (f - electro-baroque) and Organic (b - darkwave stoner).


 


 

 

Date : 22 octobre 2011

Organic : ‘As heard on Soundcloud’

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